NMT Nursery Agenda South West

The NMT Agenda debuted
in the South West!

The very first foray by NMT to the South West took place on 5 July at Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House, a very beautiful former manor house outside Bristol.

Senior people from 27 nursery businesses were welcomed by editorin- chief, Dr Richard Hawkins, in a room that was built round an ancient stone wall and overlooked a lake round which everyone gathered later for drinks and supper.

There, in buoyant mood, attendees would be reflecting on a day of 15- minute meetings with 27 suppliers, interspersed by networking opportunities, tables groaning with hot drinks, fruit and Danish pastries and a restaurant-standard lunch. Business meetings over by 4.30pm, 60+ people gathered for the Q&A session, preceded by the ever-popular raffle.

And the winners were…

  • Dean Close Foundation Nurseries, who won a year’s subscription to the EyMan/EyLog Early Years Management System
  • Naturally Learning Childcare, who went away with a sand and water table from Community Playthings’ Outlast range
  • Tiny Toez, who won Kinderly’s Learning Journal programme
  • Acorn Early Years Foundation, who bagged a hamper of resources donated by Morleys.

The Q&A session opened with a clarion call from Cheryl Hadland, MD of Tops Day Nurseries to fight the good fight by raising your profile and bringing about change. Cheryl will be outlining her approach in the next issue of NMT. The lively interchange on topics from business rates and how to influence them to how to placate parents anxious about soaring temperatures brought the working day to an end.

All that remained was drinks and supper by the lake, followed by socialising into the early hours and then a comfy bed. All free.

And the verdict was…

  • “Amazing! I didn’t know what to expect, thought it might be timesharey, but how wrong I was.” Emma McCarthy, Golden Valley House Day Nursery
  • “I met some really interesting future suppliers. How nice to meet face to face – they really get to understand your business.” Betty Pike, Hollies Day Nurseries
  • “Full on, but really, really useful.” Fiona Parkin, Rocking Horse Nursery

If you are a nursery owner / managing director / operations director and would like to attend this unique event in the future, or if you are a supplier and would like to book space or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com

Providers who attended were:

  • Acorn Early Years Foundation
  • Atelier Nursery Ltd
  • Daisy Fays Nursery Ltd
  • Dean Close Nurseries Ltd
  • Golden Valley House Day Nurseries
  • Good Manors Nurseries Ltd
  • Happy Days South West Limited (Happy Days Nurseries)
  • Hollies Day Nurseries LLP
  • Honeytree Day Nursery
  • Little Starz Nursery
  • Mama Bears Day Nursery Ltd
  • Naturally Learning Ltd
  • New Road Nursery (MC & SH Cawley Ltd)
  • Nuffield Health
  • Rainbow Smiles
  • Rocking Horse Nursery
  • Snapdragons Nurseries Ltd
  • South Hills Nursery Schools
  • Springfield Bees
  • Stonecroft Day Nursery Ltd
  • Sunny Days Children’s Nursery
  • The Old Station Nursery Ltd
  • The Wendy House Day Nurseries
  • Tiny Toez Limited
  • Tops Day Nurseries
  • Yellow Dot

Suppliers who attended were:

  • Christie & Co
  • Community Playthings
  • Connect Childcare
  • Creative Play UK Ltd
  • daynurseries.co.uk
  • dot2dot
  • Early Years Direct Ltd
  • eyMan – Early Years Management / eyLog – Early Years Log
  • Famly
  • FirstSteps Software
  • Hope Education
  • Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy
  • Kinderly
  • Lifetime Training
  • Millhouse Manufacturing & Design
  • Morleys (Bicester) Ltd
  • Redwoods Dowling Kerr
  • Route2 Education Technology
  • Shout Aloud
  • TG Escapes Ltd – The Learning Escape
  • The Consortium Early Years
  • The Service Directory
  • Timotay Playscapes
  • TTS Group
  • Wesco
  • YPO


Huge thanks to our Sponsors of NMT Nursery Agenda South West:

  • Main Sponsor: The Consortium Early Years





  • ‘Pimm’s on the Lawn’/Drinks Reception Sponsor: Christie & Co



  • Dinner Sponsor: Connect Childcare





  • Raffle Sponsors:
  • eyMan – Early Years Management / eyLog – Early Years Log
  • Community Playthings
  • Kinderly
  • Morleys

If you are a supplier and would like to book space for a future agenda or a sponsorship package, please contact Caroline Bowern, email: caroline@hawkerpublications.com